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The Ryder Cup Effect

Thursday October 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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Posted by Jilayne in Tour, Uncategorized

As a golfer, golf fan and member of the golf industry, it’s obvious I love the
game. This also means I’m well acquainted with the fact that golf is behind the
times and struggling to attract new participants and fans.

Why is that? What are we missing? We are missing more Ryder Cup style events.

Why do people love soccer, baseball and football? The teams, of course. The
camaraderie and the energy behind a unified purpose. Sure, certain players are
beloved and followed, but it always comes down to your team.

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Go for the Green Aubrey McCormick

Wednesday August 1, 2012 at 10:16 am

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Posted by Jilayne in GOLF ED

Hi Readers,

For those that may have missed it, the Big Break Reunion aired on The Golf Channel last night and featured none other than Cleveland Staffer, Aubrey McCormick. Aside from filming The Big Break Reunion, she recently played in the Tennessee Women’s Open. Aubrey was kind enough to write another post for us, not only to speak of her on course experience but to touch on her initiatives beyond her golf game:

Many people and companies are realizing that the way of the future is to take care of people and the planet. Interestingly enough, golf is a game that is played in nature and has the ability to pioneer environmental sustainability throughout a multitude of industries. I had the opportunity to compete in the 2012 Tennessee Women’s Open in Crossville, Tennessee at Stonehenge Golf Club. The course was set in a quiet lake-surrounded town with beautiful tree-lined fairways and small, tucked away greens. It was challenging to say the least because it rained over 4 inches a day!

My first goal for this event was to compete and finish in the top 10. I realized after the first day that I would need to readjust my thinking, because my skills were not as polished due to not competing in over a year and a half. This did not stop me, and I held my head high and gave it my all. Golf is a game that challenges every part of a person’s being – whether it be physically or mentally – the goal should always be to try your hardest and never give up.

My second goal was to interview the Head Superintendent of Stonehenge GC, Sean VanHoose, a southern man who has spent his entire life creating and maintaining the beauty of many golf courses. Accompanied by his dog, Easy, I spent a few hours talking with him about the efforts that the golf industry is making toward becoming more sustainable. To my surprise, it was leaps and bounds beyond my wildest imagination! The golf industry is an asset to the environment and is making strides to a better future for people, communities, and wildlife.

Hybrid mowing equipment, non-toxic chemicals, and energy saving techniques are some of the small steps toward a greener future for golf. Change is not something that happens quickly, it takes small steps over time to create lasting results. Golf, a game played in nature, not on it, has the potential to pioneer positive, lasting improvements on a global level. By taking small steps now, much can be accomplished in the future!

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Aubrey McCormick: Big Break

Friday June 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm

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Posted by Nicholas in Tour

Readers,

You may remember Aubrey McCormick from previous blog posts. Aubrey is a professional golfer who is working towards her lifelong goal of succeeding on the LPGA Tour. Aubrey was recently lucky enough to earn a spot on The Golf Channel’s, The Big Break. She has kindly decided to give us her behind-the-scenes account of her experience on the show:

Many people have asked me, “How do I get on the Big Break?” I’m excited to share my journey and help any fellow players who may have their sights set on competing on the Golf Channel’s Big Break series. The first step is to fill out a form online at www.golfchannel.com. They usually post the application form a few times a year. If you are selected for a second round interview, you will typically hear back within a few weeks to come to a site location and do an in-person interview while showcasing your golf talent on camera. The last step is finding out if you’ve made the show or not. Since I auditioned for the show twice prior to being chosen as a finalist, I know this process very well.

I played college golf and five years of professional golf, but there was nothing I could have done that would prepare me for my Big Break experience. From a professional stand point, the Big Break is an opportunity to showcase your talent as a golfer while shining a light on the type of person you are. From a personal standpoint, I don’t think anything shows a person’s character like being put in a situation with 11 other players, in a remote location away from family and friends, and being filmed around the clock. Each of the competitors on Big Break Atlantis were officially on stage during filming. If we didn’t perform, our destiny was elimination!

Big Break Atlantis was filmed in Paradise Island, Bahamas at the Ocean Club Golf Course. Stunning views, luscious landscapes, and crystal blue waters made this a perfect location. It was the most amazing experience of my life thus far. I had some ups and downs throughout filming and definitely felt the pressure. After spending the prior year in an office environment, it was exhilarating to feel the rush of competition again. The challenges of breaking the glass and the flop wall were fun, and winning a challenge from the bunker was even better! I enjoyed making new friends among the competitors and still talk to most of them today. I still remember LPGA star, Yani Tseng mentioning how nerve wracking the pressure was on the show. For her to say that really put things into perspective!

All in all, I encourage that anyone who believes they have what it takes to be on Big Break to apply. I am extremely happy I made it on the show and got to experience what it’s like to be under pressure, on television, and competing against some of the most talented players in the world. Just be prepared to land back in the real world once the show is over. It definitely took me a couple weeks to come down from the cloud nine of superstar treatment, an amazing location, beautiful golf courses and limelight. The sky is the limit and the Big Break will only get you closer to reaching it!

Do you think you have what it takes to make it on The Big Break?

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Ultimate Foursome Experience

Friday June 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm

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You may remember The Ultimate Foursome Experience Sweepstakes that we ran earlier this spring. The Sweepstakes gave away a weekend for four in San Francisco to experience the U.S. Open, as well as a round of golf at Green Hills Country Club. This truly was the Ultimate Foursome Experience, a dream weekend that any golfer would love to be a part of.

Well, as you know, we just wrapped up U.S. Open weekend, so the winners were able to cash in with a weekend in San Francisco. Cleveland Golf was honored to host Tony Black, Craig Black, Rob Mauro and Paul Palmer. The foursome, who all live in New York, flew in on Friday morning and headed straight to Green Hills Country Club. The foursome enjoyed the course thoroughly, Tony claimed “the course was immaculate!” In addition to that, Tony (who won the actual sweepstakes) was thrilled to have his Dad along for Fathers Day weekend. “To come to the U.S. Open is one thing, but to do it with you father…. That is special.”

Saturday meant heading out to the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club. If you have not been to San Francisco you may not know this, but the entire city is built on a series of hills. Needless to say, The Olympic Club is not the easiest course to navigate on foot! It is an incredibly scenic course, however, and every hole adds a new wrinkle of difficulty from the previous hole.

Sunday added some extra drama. Graeme McDowell was tied for the lead heading into the final day of the Championship. Our four winners were ecstatic to see a Cleveland Golf/Srixon Staffer atop the leader board. Ultimately, GMac finished T2nd after a drama filled late run and a 25 footer that couldn’t find the hole on the 72nd hole.

Overall it was a great week! We were very happy to share this experience with a great group of guys.

How did you spend your U.S. Open weekend?

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Keeping On Stat Track

Monday December 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm

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Posted by Jilayne in GOLF ED, Uncategorized

Hi Readers!

How many of you out there keep track of your stats as you play a round of golf?  As a high school and college player I was always required to do so and at first it sounded daunting.  I won’t lie; it took a while to get used to.  Keeping detailed notes obviously slows you down at first, affecting pace of play and the rhythm of mental game.  However, after a few rounds I found myself becoming more involved and tuned in to my stats. How many greens did I hit today compared to yesterday? How many putts did I sink? Did I miss the fairway more to the right or to the left? The list goes on…

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